The mandatory Covid-19 testing at Kotoka International Airport has yielded a whooping $17.3 million between the period of September to December 2020, InsiderGH.com can report.
According to the Minister for Transport, Mr. Kwaku Asiamah, out of the $17.3 million, $16.2 million was retained by Frontiers Health Services, while the Ghana Airport Company received just $1.1 million.
These revelations were made by the Transport Minister on Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Parliament, after the Minority Leader, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu requested details about the proceeds from the COVID-19 testing exercise at the Kotoka International Airport.
The Minister went ahead to explain that the contract between the Ghana Airport Company and Frontiers Health Services stated a ratio of 10 to 140 dollars out of the $150 testing fee.
“Mr. Speaker, the concession agreement between the Ghana Airport Company Limited and the Frontiers Healthcare Services for the conduct of COVID-19 testing at KIA started on the 4th of September 2020. The measure was taken to limit the importation of the disease into the country through KIA, which is the foremost entry point by air passengers.”
According to Hon. Kwaku Asiamah, “the strategy was to test and isolate the infected persons for treatment at various treatment centres. Per the concession agreement, Ghana Airport Company was supposed to receive $10 per test conducted, and Frontiers Healthcare was to keep the rest as their service charge and the total conduct per test was $150.”
“Mr. Speaker between September and December 2020, the total amount realised from the COVID-19 testing at the KIA was $17,590,500. So as per the concession agreement, Frontiers Healthcare Services retained $16,202,200 for its services between the stated period. The Ghana Airport Company Limited on the other hand received $1,167,300 for the same period as royalties accruing from COVID-19 testing,” he stated.
He went ahead to say that “during the period under consideration, a total number of 117,187 came through KIA, out of this number, 115,730 paid for the testing, while 1,157 passengers consisting of children between the ages of 5-12 were exempted from paying for the testing.”